Nick stopped by the Newman ranch and asked Victor to intervene on Daniel's behalf concerning the custody hearing. Nick explained that Lucy had gone missing briefly during a visitation with Daniel, and the judge might blame Daniel. Victor said that the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating him, so he was unable to help Daniel. Victor assured his son that he wasn't punishing him or Phyllis. Victor explained that he just had other issues to deal with.
At the Abbott mansion, Nikki stopped by and had breakfast with Jack. Nikki told Jack about her run-in with Victor at the ranch the previous evening. She said that after she fell from her horse, Victor bandaged her ankle and arranged for a driver to take her home. Jack told Nikki that perhaps it wasn't their time to be together because she was still devoted to Victor. Nikki insisted that she planned to stay far away from Victor. Jack interrupted and said, "It's okay that you're not over him yet. You love him whether he deserves it or not."
Jack told Nikki that Genevieve didn't have the same hold on him that Victor had on Nikki. Nikki cried that loving Victor was exhausting and destructive. Nikki said that she knew better than to fall back into an unhealthy relationship. Jack said that being with him wouldn't do Nikki any good if she was running from Victor. Nikki left to take a call. Jack answered his doorbell and found Victor looming in the doorway. Victor told Jack that he was concerned about Nikki. Victor warned that he would hold Jack responsible if Nikki lost her foothold on sobriety. Jack recalled particular instances that had pushed Nikki to drink and blamed Victor for each.
Nikki came to the door and was surprised to see Victor. After Jack wheeled himself into the sitting room, Victor told Nikki that he was concerned about her. Nikki told Victor that she was being cared for. Just before Nikki was about to slam the door, Victor said, "Remember that this was your choice." Nikki walked back into the sitting room where Jack was and sighed heavily.
Jack told Nikki that Victor was still thinking about her after their encounter at the stables. Nikki replied, "Victor is always thinking about one thing – himself." Jack said, "Victor doesn't want you here, and it could be more difficult than you think." Nikki told Jack that she wouldn't beg, but she asked him not to mention Victor and just concentrate on being with her. Jack snuggled next to Nikki and began kissing her.
After Victor returned home, he found a fresh bouquet of flowers sitting on a table. The card read, "To a growing relationship." Genevieve had signed the card. Victor balled up the card and tossed it into a wastebasket. He then picked up the bouquet and dropped it into the wastebasket. Victor sighed heavily.
At the courthouse, Daisy testified that she wanted Lucy to have a loving mother and father. For that reason, Daisy explained, she had helped Daniel regain his parental rights. Phyllis, sitting in the gallery, expressed her displeasure with Daisy's fabrications by pursing her lips and smirking. Daisy added that Daniel wasn't at fault because his mother had been attempting to get Lucy even before the child was born. Daisy explained that Phyllis had lost custody of Daniel when he was a boy, so perhaps she was trying to make up for the past by taking away someone else's baby. After Daisy left the stand and walked back to her seat, she sneered at Phyllis. Phyllis rolled her eyes. Daniel looked exasperated.
Phyllis bolted from the courtroom. Avery followed behind. Phyllis cried, "I want to rip her face off!" Phyllis was livid and told Avery that neither she nor the judge had witnessed the face Daisy made at Phyllis. Avery warned Phyllis not to intervene while Daniel was on the stand. Phyllis told Avery that Daniel had the book Phyllis' father had willed to her. Phyllis said she hoped Daniel might read it to Lucy. Avery told Phyllis that she hoped to become close to Lucy.
Michael repeatedly objected when Daisy's attorney asked Daniel if he planned to dump Lucy and allow Phyllis to raise the child. Michael asked Daniel why he wished to raise his daughter. Daniel explained that his mother had urged him to fight for Lucy because she knew that he'd want to be the dad Lucy deserved. Daniel admitted that when he lost sight of Lucy at the coffeehouse, he felt sheer terror at the thought of never seeing his child again. Daniel said, "I can't let that happen. I won't let that happen."
After Daniel stepped down from the stand, he whispered to Michael that Daisy had ruined his chances. After a recess, Judge Brown ruled that Daniel had failed to prove that he should have full or even shared custody of Lucy. Daisy clasped her hand over her mouth when the judge explained that he was awarding full physical custody of the child to her mother. The judge added that the custody issue would be reviewed after six months.
Daisy later approached Daniel in the emptied courtroom and told him that she'd always hoped they could be a family. Daisy claimed that Daniel refused to let himself love her. A social worker arrived and placed Lucy in Daisy's arms. Daniel asked when he could visit Lucy. Daisy replied, "Maybe when you accept who I am and how much I love our baby."
Michael stepped out of the courtroom and announced the grim news to Phyllis, who had been waiting in the hallway. Michael explained that Daniel had rights of visitation at Daisy's discretion. Phyllis cried, "So Lucy's stuck with that psychopath? That's all she's ever going to know." Michael explained that the incident at the coffeehouse had prompted the judge to allow six months for Daniel to prove himself a fit parent.
When Nick arrived, Phyllis cried, "She won." Daisy left the courtroom carrying Lucy. Phyllis cooed at the baby, but Daisy glared at Phyllis and hurried away. When Daniel emerged, Phyllis embraced him. Michael advised Daniel to "fix what went wrong in that room." Daniel, disheartened, walked away. After Michael explained that Lucy's disappearance was the sole reason Daniel wasn't awarded custody, Avery told Phyllis that they'd fix the problem. Phyllis snapped, "Yeah. We'll fix it. We'll fix it, for sure."
Michael and Avery retreated to the Genoa City Athletic Club after they left the courthouse. Michael consoled Avery and reminded her that she'd sided with Phyllis after discovering the truth about their father. Michael admitted that issues with Daisy were complicated even before Avery came to town. Michael said that Daniel might have had a chance in the courtroom had Lucy not wandered off. Avery nodded.
After nearly finishing their drinks, Michael told Avery that he owed her after she'd patiently listened to his complaints. Avery noted that she didn't want to alienate her only friend. Michael agreed that workaholics' friends were usually co-workers. Avery told Michael that Phyllis was fortunate to have him as a friend. Michael assured Avery that "there was plenty of ‘superfriend' Michael to go around." Both laughed. Michael indicated the late hour by tapping his watch and left. Avery sat alone.
Phyllis and Nick went to the Restless Style office. Phyllis called out to Ricky. He responded by saying, "What did I do this time, boss?" Phyllis told Ricky that she wasn't his boss because he was fired. Nick pushed Ricky back, and he landed on a sofa. Phyllis demanded to know what Daisy had offered him in exchange for helping her case by taking Lucy out of the coffeehouse. Ricky claimed he was being a decent human being by rescuing a baby.
After Phyllis told Ricky that Daisy had been awarded custody, he told Phyllis that it must have stung to realize that the judge found Daisy the only fit person to raise Lucy. Nick pushed Ricky into the elevator and warned him not to return. Phyllis told Nick that thanks to Ricky, Lucy would have to stay with Daisy for six months. Nick looked on the bright side and noted that Daniel would have sufficient time to prepare himself to fight for Lucy.
Daniel arrived and told Phyllis that he needed to leave Genoa City for a while. Phyllis cried, "No! You're not leaving town." Daniel explained that he wanted to visit his art dealer to discuss financial matters and would be away for a week. Daniel explained that after he returned, he would figure out how to fight for his daughter. Phyllis was touched to hear Daniel refer to Lucy as his daughter. Daniel told his mom that she'd been right all along about the importance of being a parent. He vowed to raise his daughter because he loved her. Daniel insisted that everything would be fine. Phyllis embraced her son. After Daniel walked into the elevator, Nick comforted Phyllis.
Ricky went to Daisy's apartment and told her he was surprised she hadn't already phoned to thank him for helping her. Ricky, boastful, said that thanks to him, Lucy had been rescued from "Daniel's crappy parenting." Ricky recalled that Phyllis had become so angry that her face had flushed to the same shade of red as her hair. Daisy seemed a bit unsettled by Ricky's comment, and he became annoyed because she failed to ingratiate herself in light of his sacrifice costing him his job. Daisy said simply that Ricky had wanted to "stick it to Phyllis, and he had."
Daisy let Ricky know that she wasn't indebted to him and wanted no additional assistance. Ricky replied, "No, Daisy, I'm just getting started." Daisy appeared troubled by Ricky's overzealous demeanor. Ricky complained about Phyllis' righteous tone and said that her father was nothing more than a white-collar con man. Ricky added, "Phyllis has a rap sheet a mile long, but what has she done that the cops don't know about yet?" Ricky said he planned to write a knock-down, tell-all book that would shine the light on all of Phyllis' sins. Daisy seemed intrigued.
At Crimson Lights, Neil, Sofia, and Moses enjoyed breakfast together as a family. Sofia apologized to Neil for pretending that she and Tucker had cut ties after staging an ugly argument. Sofia told Neil that he must have come home very late the night before. Neil explained that he'd waited at the studio for Devon, who'd gotten tied up in a meeting and never showed up. Sofia asked if Neil had just sat waiting the whole time.
In a flashback, Neil remembered kissing Harmony at the studio after Lily and Cane left. Neil told Sofia that Cane and Lily had also stopped by the studio. Sofia noted that Harmony must have been there wanting to hear Devon's latest production. Neil admitted that he, Lily, Cane, and Harmony had all listened to Devon's latest track, which, he insisted, would become a hit.
Neil took Sofia's coffee cup to the bar to get a refill. Harmony, distracted while viewing the screen of her phone, ran into Neil after he turned away from the bar. Neil said, "Sorry about that." Harmony insisted that she was at fault. Sofia watched Neil interact with Harmony. Neil returned to his table, and Sofia said that Neil seemed tense. Sofia asked if Neil and Harmony had had an argument. Neil excused himself and stepped away to clean spilt coffee off his shirt.
Sofia approached Harmony and told her not to keep her husband out late again because he had a family to come home to. Harmony tried to explain, but Sofia walked away. From a booth on the other side of the room, Sarge watched the awkward interaction between Harmony and Sofia. After Sofia returned to her seat, Harmony became flustered and dropped a notebook filled with papers. Sarge walked over and asked Harmony if everything was all right.
Neil returned to his seat just as Harmony led Sarge to the Winters' table. Harmony, cozily resting her arm on Sarge's shoulder, introduced Neil, Sofia, and Moses to her friend. Harmony suggested that she and Sarge were lovers. Neil stood and shook hands with Sarge. Neil seemed suspicious of Harmony's motives. Sofia closely observed Neil's reaction. Harmony told Neil and Sofia that she'd met Sarge at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Neil noted that recovering addicts weren't supposed to date during the first year of recovery. Harmony explained that Sarge wasn't in the program.
Sofia said, "You look happy, Harmony. That's all that matters." Sofia kissed Neil and left, taking Moses with her. Sarge told Harmony he'd see her later, and he left. Neil looked into Harmony's eyes and asked, "What was that?" Neil told Harmony that she wouldn't have kissed him if she was seeing someone else. Harmony told Neil to keep his mind on his wife and child because her mind was on Sarge.
Later, Sarge snuck up on Harmony while she was reading a document. Sarge kissed Harmony on the cheek. Harmony recoiled and said, "Oh, yeah, funny." Sarge responded, "If you were into me, all you had to do was say so. No need to rub all over my arm and pretend it was just for show." Sarge moved in close to Harmony, admonished her, and asked what she thought her sponsor might say. Harmony replied, "If you don't want a knee to your business, back the hell up!"
Neil rushed to the club after Sofia summoned him. When Neil asked Sofia about her emergency, Sofia kissed Neil's lips. Sofia told Neil that she'd reserved a room and had hired a sitter for Moses. Neil took Sofia's hand and led her upstairs.